There are many stupid things people say not to report child abuse, but, in the end, it is an excuse – a weak excuse for that matter. Don’t ever create an argument that child abuse, child marriages, or sexual assault is a culture or a belief system. How is a culture or belief system instilled? Child abuse and sexual assault – the demeaning ways in which young girls and women are treated – has been ‘conditioned’ by the dominating and authoritative and religious to now look like an appropriate social norm by some societies. It also looks pretty repulsive when it comes to the West and how the judicial system sentences these perpetrators.
The National Center for Victims of Crime state that 1 in 5 girls and 1 in 20 boys is a victim of sexual abuse. It’s a staggering statistic for today’s times. How close are we to solving this problem?
I want to wake people up! I want to show you the excuses stupid people make for not reporting child abuse. Do you think any of these are good enough not to protect a child, maybe your child?
- My grandfather (or whomever) may have to go to jail.
- He/she is too old/young to be prosecuted. You will ruin his/her life.
- Can you imagine what could happen to him/her if he/she had to go to jail?
- Just let it go. Quit living in the past.
- They aren’t my kids, so it’s not my responsibility.
- Keep me out of it!
- Well, she/he must have done something to get that treatment.
- It was so long ago; just forget about it.
- Don’t tell me the gory details. Leave me out of it.
- Every child has to go through tough times.
- A little slap or two won’t hurt.
- Reporting this will destroy our family (as if it hasn’t already).
- Nobody needs to know.
- But he/she didn’t do it to me; therefore, he/she couldn’t have done it to you.
- Don’t stress. Don’t hurt mother and/or father. It will devastate her and/or him if you talk about it. Keep quiet.
- My all time favorite (sarcastically speaking): It was nothing!